Thursday, July 16, 2009

Titles?

Belinda here talking about titles.

Giving my current wip a title is one of my favorite things to do. I know when pubbed you don't always get to keep the title, but I still rack my brain trying to think of the perfect title. And for me, titles have to "click." I know when it's the right one because I get a certain feeling. A certain a-ha! That's it.

For one of my previous manuscripts I can remember thinking for a couple of days. I even took a little notebook when I went bowling one night and jotted down words looking for the perfect title. The title had been An Unexpected Love. But now the whole tone of the book had changed because I was writing it in first person and I needed a new title to reflect the new tone of the book.

So I was blog surfing the next day and our F.A.I.T.H. girl Angie had a post on her personal blog titled This Crazy Life I Never Expected. I looked at that, switched the word Life for Love and found my title. This Crazy Love I Never Expected. I emailed her and asked her if I could use it and she said sure.

That's the story of the birth of one of my titles. Anyone else have title issues? Do you care what your title is while working? I know some people who title their wip anything while they are working on it.
What about you? We'd love to hear. Or if you don't write, do titles play a part if you're picking out a book to read? Would you buy a book or not buy a book becaus of it's title?

9 comments:

  1. Timely topic for me! I'm starting a new wip and the title won't come. There have been times when the title came first, when it doesn't, it's like pulling teeth to find it. I did try to jot down words and brainstorm. Hasn't worked yet, but someday, somewhere I'll find the inspiration I need. Getting to know the story better will help. I am drawn to titles I find intriguing so I want to do that with my stories.

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  2. Fun post...I love titles! So far, the titles have often came first, or a really close second to a character. I know some people go through a few titles, esp as their story changes. Not me...I've never changed a title yet (we'll see if the publishers agree).

    So it would seem natural that a title is often what draws me to a book on the shelf. :)

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  3. Good post cuz.........when I am not looking for a specific author, the title is MOST important to me. If it doesn't grab my eye, I am not likely to pick it up to read the cover. As far as Love I never expected ?? I could write that book !!! By the way........Im still waiting for the next draft to read.......... Off to work.....be well, be safe, and have a great day!!!

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  4. Lisa,
    I know the title will come. Like you said the more you know about the book.....I'm trying to change my current title now and am waiting on just the right one.

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  5. Ralene,

    I hope the publishers agree with your titles. When we put a lot of thought into them it is hard to give them up.

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  6. Cuz,
    I'm like you....if I don't know the author the title is most important.

    I"ll have something for you to read shortly....thanks for coming by. Sorry to hear about cousin Donna...
    Talk to you soon. Have a great day!

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  7. I might, if I liked the cover, you can always tell a book by its cover LOL

    mamat2730(at)charter(dot)net

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  8. I love picking out titles. I love to have the title be embedded in the book itself. May be a little cheesy, but that's just me.

    Titles draw me to a book.

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  9. Christy, I do the same--embedding a title tie-in. :)

    I like to brainstorm ideas for titles. And I also come beg the faith bloggers for help as well! I believe His Forever Love was one of Lindi's suggestions, wasn't it?

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